ASAN, Guam (NNS) -- Military and Guam leaders gathered to form a united front in proclaiming the month of September as National Preparedness Month during a proclamation signing at the Ricardo J. Bordallo Governor's Complex in Asan, Sept. 4.
Governor of Guam Eddie Calvo invited other local leaders and the military community to witness the signing of the proclamation that urges the island to be prepared for all types of disasters.
"It's great to come together as one Guam, one team," said Rear Adm. Bette Bolivar, Commander, Joint Region Marianas. "As one community we are all obligated to be prepared not only for our sake but for the sake of our fellow citizens. The partnership we have between the military and the local communities could not be a better example of how we work together to ensure our island is ready for any disaster whether its natural or man-made."
Calvo spoke about the different disasters Guam has faced in the past such as the disaster of World War II when Japan forces invaded and conquered Guam. He also spoke of the many natural disasters to include earthquakes and typhoons that have devastated the island and its people.
"That's why it's so important for proclaiming Guam preparedness month," he said. "It's a collaboration from both federal and local entities and our whole community focusing on communication, dialogue and cooperation to ensure that all contingencies are met."
Throughout September, there will be a variety of events and trainings geared to helping the community prepare for all types of disasters.
"We have a lot of things going on, we have a list that is going to go out and to be given out to the public," said Guam Homeland Security Advisor Ambrosio Constantino.
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